Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
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.Justification by faith
.The Jerusalem council
.The church at Antioch
.God raised Jesus from the dead
.Grace and Peace
.There is no other gospel
.It’s not about the preacher
.The law cannot justify you
.Father to all who believe
.The dead don’t sin
.The message of the Cross
TEACHING- [Past links- verses below]
I wrote a brief commentary on this book years ago [pasted below] and will do a little background before we get to the chapter.
Paul the apostle was the missionary to the gentiles- we see his ministry told in the book of Acts.
Paul was converted to Christ on the famous Damascus road- spoken about in Acts 9.
His background was a religious teacher of the Old Testament [Pharisee] and excelled above many in this field.
After his conversion he ‘saw’ all the great truths of grace- that were contained in the Old Testament- and was able to unfold them in his letters [most of the New Testament] in a way that the other apostles did not seem to do.
As he preached to the gentiles- he showed them how being justified [saved] was not by the works of the law- but by faith in Jesus.
Some Pharisees who also believed- they came to Paul’s churches and told them that Paul was wrong- that they need to get circumcised- and come under the law- in order to be saved.
Paul disagreed with them- and in Acts chapter 15 we read about the debate.
The leaders at the Jerusalem church held a council- and agreed- that the gentile believers did not have to get circumcised and come under the law- but having faith in Jesus was enough.
Over time- some of the Pharisees who believed- still went behind Paul’s back- and taught the gentile believers that they should get circumcised- and come under the law.
They were called the Judiazers.
This letter [Galatians] was written to these believers- to warn them- that the true gospel was what he had previously taught them- and what they believed at first.
Paul refutes the false teaching that they need to become circumcised- and teaches them if they do go back under the law- they have ‘fallen from grace’.
Ok- chapter 1
Paul reasserts that his calling came from God- and God alone.
That the things that were shown to him about grace- came as a direct revelation from Jesus himself.
That he did not ‘get permission’ from the Jerusalem leaders- or anyone else- but God himself called him for this mission.
He tells the believers that the power is in the gospel message itself.
And if anyone- man- or angel- or even himself- preaches something else [another gospel] that he should be ‘accursed’.
The simple reality that Jesus died- and rose again- is where our justification comes from- it does not come from the law.
Paul recounts his early experience after being converted- and tells them that his message came directly from Christ.
God had opened up to him the knowledge he had as a Pharisees who studied the Old testament- and began to reveal to Paul how the message of grace was there all along.
He just didn’t ‘see it’ until he too believed in Christ.
The message of grace- to Paul- is not simply one truth among many.
But it is the heart of the gospel- we will read later on ‘if there was a law given- that could have given life- then Christ died in vain’.
Strong words indeed- and as we ‘open’ the letter over the next few weeks- we will see why he was so tough on ‘his’ churches. [Some sites- see the rest here https://ello.co/ccoutreach87/post/wcbfkhc6p1fkpxazlw_bng ]